Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Christian Marclay’s The Clock pic
Christian Marclay’s The Clock
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Judith Hess is an art advisor at the helm of Jude Hess Fine Arts. With degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles and New York University’s Stern School of Business, Judith Hess has worked with Christie’s and Phillips Auction House in art dealings all over the world. One of her favorite pieces of art is The Clock, a video installation created in 2010 by Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay.

The Clock can perform as a literal clock: it lasts for exactly 24 hours, with each scene a film clip in which the characters look at a clock representing what would be the correct time if the film is synced with local time. This is how art galleries, including the White Cube in London where it was first shown, generally present the piece.

The film clips come from thousands of movies spanning the last century. The painstaking representation of time from minute to minute, Marclay has said, is a reminder of our mortality, a memento mori. The piece received critical praise, and, in 2011, Marclay won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale.

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